That damned Murphy was right

One of the many correlaries to Murphy's law is that an object, once lost, will not be found until it is replaced. My 6" dial caliper has been missing for months. I delayed replacing it because I just *knew* it was here somewhere. Finally, last week, I bought a new one, telling my wife that "I'm not going to find my old one until I buy a new one." I don't have to tell you what I found yesterday when I opened a box in the garage that I had neglected to look in.
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'Neglecting to look in' is never my problem. I'll look in the same damned boxed six or twelve times trying to find something. I'll take everything out of said box and put it back in. Multiple times.
Then one day, I'll look in the same box, and there's the thing I've been looking for - and no one can convince me it was there all along.
Gremlins don't just mangle aircraft, ya know.
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Wolf Lahti wrote:

I don't think it's gremlins. I think there are little holes in the space/time continuum, and our stuff falls in there, then something in the universe shifts, and it pops back out.
The OP's rule is soooo true. I think the greatest proof of this is with guitar picks. I won't be able to find a pick to save my life, looking under every cushion, in every drawer, under every scrap of paper on my desk, and as soon as I go buy some new ones, the old ones magically come out of hiding. I think this happens just so SWMBO can say "What do you need *more* guitar picks for? You have six dozen of them already."
Tool wise, recently, my jigsaw... I spent a great deal of time looking for the jigsaw, not finding it, and I went out and bought a new one. Sure enough, I came back, and there the old one was hanging on a peg in plain sight. I *swear* it must have fallen into one of those holes in the space/time continuum, because I *know* I looked on that peg at least a dozen times.
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If you need some of the Dercloaking fluid, let me know, I am now selling it. :)
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<<Ah, you need some of our extra-strength Murphy's Decloaking Fluid. Only $31.95 for a huge half-ounce bottle!>>
Damn! I had some of that stuff but I can't remember where I put it.
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Not a problem. Two is good. I have six. Three verneirs (two 6" and one 12"), two dials (both 6"), and a digital 6".

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Good point ... I'm heading out to the hardware store right now to buy two tape measures to replace the two I've lost the past month. Really looking forward to having four.
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On Fri, 12 Sep 2003 23:29:24 -0500, "Todd"

Not sure whether that was a Murphyism or a Cosbyism.
Bill Cosby postulated the "Butt Switch Paradigm".
When you find yourself standing in a room in your house and you cannot for the life of you remember why you went there in the first place, go back where you came from and sit down.
According to Cosby, sitting down in the original location activates a secret "Butt Switch" which forces a reload of why you went to that other room.
I've found that when I can't find something I know I have, I leave the model building shed, walk back across the yard to the house, go upstairs, and pile up in the LazyBoy.
That activates my butt switch and I remember where I put what it was I couldn't find before.
Damn near infallible.
Seriously considering a LazyBoy for the model building shed. Since one of those recliners won't fit in my existing model building shed, maybe I can make a case for a new shed.
[yeah, sure] Cheers, Fred McClellan the dash plumber at mindspring dot com
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I'm a believer in Murphy also. One time I was fixing a stereo and lost a small screw. As you might imagine finding one of these suckers could be a long drawn out affair. I decided that if Murphy was right, that the screw would have to be located in the place in which it would do the most possible damage, and checked there first. There it was. I would have blown out a good chunk of the board if I didn't see that screw sitting there on one of the power leads and touching another circuit.
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Here is the funny part. There us a real Murphy. He was COlonel Murphy of the USAF, head of maintenance in Colorado Springs in the 1950's.
So Murphy really did invent Murphy's law. I wonder if he did the soap too......
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